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CIVL5269: Advanced Concrete Structures (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL5269: Advanced Concrete Structures (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof. Dias-da-Costa, Daniel
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CIVL3205 OR CIVL9205.
Brief Handbook Description: The objectives of this unit are to provide an intermediate level of understanding of designing reinforced concrete members and structures; to provide a basic knowledge on computational methods used in practice to analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures (including software RAPT and ETABS); and to provide basic design training in a simulated professional engineering environment. At the end of this unit, students will gain proficiency in reinforced concrete analysis and design to an entry-level graduate engineer.

The syllabus covers the behaviour of reinforced concrete members and structures, including: Flexural behaviour at service load and overload (stresses/ deformations/ time-dependence)- a continuation from concrete structures 1, design of flat slabs and flat plates, the ultimate strength of columns (3D frame analysis), analysis and design of footings, structural walls and retaining walls. This unit also gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience on software used in current concrete design practice.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: A/Prof. Dias-da-Costa, Daniel
Timetable: CIVL5269 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
4 Workshop 3.00 1 2

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(4) Design (Level 4)
1. design and problem-solving skills required to carry out design tasks that could be assigned to a graduate engineer. This unit will focus on further development of knowledge and skills gained from the basic unit (Concrete structures 1)

2. ability to analyse and design flat slabs/flat plates, retaining walls, footings, deep beams, and frames.

3. familiar with design software (ETABS and RAPT) to solve real-life design problems.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Perform reinforced concrete design calculations to be carried out by a graduate engineer.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
3. Understanding of the science and engineering fundamentals that provide the foundation for current models of reinforced concrete behaviour and current methods of analysis and design.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 15.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3,
2 Assignment 2 (part 1) Yes 15.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3,
3 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
4 Assignment 2 (Part 2) Yes 30.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Assignments are compulsory

Assignment 1: Due by 4pm Wednesday in Week 5

Assignment 2 (part 1): Due by 4pm Wednesday in Week 8

Assignment 2 (part 2): Due by 4pm Wednesday in Week 12

Final Exam (40%): 3 hours final exam. Students must score 50% of the marks allocated for the final exam (This equivalent to 20% of the overall subject marks) to PASS the subject.

Late submission of assignment: penalty of 5% reduction in marks per day including weekends. Assignments more than 10 days late get 0.

Students are expected to read and understand the concepts explained in the class through their own readings and using other resources such as textbooks and internet resources.

Critical thinking of students related to the subject is expected and the application of knowledge gained from the lectures and tutorials in real design examples will be tested in exams.

Students intending to do well in final exams are advised to engage closely with the assignments and tutorials. These comprise a series of exercises in concrete analysis and design and provide an opportunity to practice and obtain a feedback before facing the exam.

Students who successfully tackle these exercises will be well prepared for exams.

There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with grade descriptors.

The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback on assignments.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: - AS3600 Concrete Structures Code

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction. Time-dependent deformation of concrete: shrinkage and creep
Week 2 Flat slab design
Week 3 Flat slab design (cont.) / Introduction to RAPT
Week 4 Deflection control / Introduction to RAPT (cont.)
Week 5 Design of columns
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 6 Design of columns (cont.) / Introduction to ETABS
Week 7 Design of footings / Introduction to ETABS (cont.)
Week 8 Design of footings (cont.)
Assessment Due: Assignment 2 (part 1)
Week 9 Design of retaining walls
Week 10 Design of walls / Design workshop
Week 11 Design of walls (cont.) / Design workshop (cont.)
Week 12 Crack control
Assessment Due: Assignment 2 (Part 2)
Week 13 Preparation for final exam
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering (Structures) 2011, 2012
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 50%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 36%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 14%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.